by Paige

I will usually make a double batch of these meatballs and I find that they freeze very well raw and then can be browned up to order for an easy dinner preparation.  I would serve these with a lovely bunch of greens and maybe some rice.  They also will move into the realm of a delicious warm bowl of Asian Soup by browning them off and floating them in a bowl of Chicken stock with Veggies. Top off the soup with a dash of sesame oil, chili sauce and fresh cilantro.

3 garlic clove, finely grated

2 lb ground chicken/turkey

2 T soy sauce

2 T Sesame Oil or Chili Oil

1 - 2 T Sriracha or Sambal Oelek, to your taste

1 - 2 T finely grated ginger, to your taste

2 leeks, thinly minced

1 cups low-sodium chicken broth

¼  C vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

scallions, for finish herbs

Asian Greens:

1 garlic clove, finely grated

1 t fresh ginger, finely grated

1 T veg oil

1 bag of Stir-Fry Mix

1 Bunch Kale or other Rich Leafy Green

Using your hands or a rubber spatula, gently mix garlic, chicken, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, 4 leeks/scallions, and ½- 1 cup broth in a medium bowl just to combine. Scooping out by the tablespoonful, form mixture into 1”-diameter meatballs.  Here is where you can form the meatballs and freeze on a cookie sheet. After the meatballs are frozen your can store them in a Freezer bag for at least a month or more, until ready to use them in the destiny dish. To Enjoy right away: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown all over, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

For Soup: 

Combine Stir Fry Mix and red pepper flakes in same skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook over medium-high heat until veg is bright green and crisp-tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add meatballs and another 1½ cups broth. Bring broth to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until meatballs are cooked through and vegetables are tender, 5–8 minutes. Serve sprinkled with more scallions.